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Can anyone give a reference for this or indicate if it's true? I use Dropbox to backup my purchased music downloads; the thought that when my hard disk crashes, I can't restore them from my Dropbox because they might have been "purged" is rather worrying.

If you're purchasing from iTunes, the files have your email and other personal info in them which would give them a unique hash and differentiate them from the content that was popular/being deleted.

dropbox doesn't encrypt your data either, so it's generally not a good idea to keep any kind of your sensitive data unencrypted there.

i guess storing something like a small truecrypt volume there would be just about enough.

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